I have a confession......I am a clueless photographer. And I have always dreamt about being a super fantastic photographer. But I honestly have no idea what I am doing with digital. In high school, I was obsessed with black and white photography (with film) and was blessed with amazing courses at school where I would spend an hour everyday inside a darkroom. It was magical feeling walking through the darkroom doors and was my absolute favorite part of the day. I learned so many valuable things but unfortunately a lot of those skills don't transfer to digital photography.
With our exciting travels planned over the next few weeks, I really wanted to focus on how to actually use Photoshop and Lightroom and figure out which one I like to work with. In all honesty, I have been using picmonkey for all of my editing. It's so easy, and I usually only spend a minute on each photo.....if that. I think that is why I have always shied away from Photoshop.....it's so time consuming! Well, I made myself sit down and watch some tutorials and read a few articles on Ps and Lr. It's like sitting in Chemistry class.....I can't focus. Ugh.
So I did what I know best and took to Pinterest. I found a few free actions that I thought might be useful. Since we will be in Spain in a few weeks, I revisited my French Riviera photos to see if I could make them look better. And this is what happened.....
The photos above were actually taken on my Samsung Galaxy S2, which I love and it has since died (RIP fave phone). I basically just used a cross process action and then used the auto adjust in Ps for the brightness and contrast. Lazy ha!!
I liked how the after photo looked until I saw it right next to the original. Again, this was taken on my phone, and I used the same action as the photos above.
The sea shot is one of my favorites that I edited. I love the dark blue on the horizon line. However, the turquoise colors seemed to have disappeared in the after photo. And I wish I knew how to keep the color of the clouds in the top left corner...
I just love both of these. I think that this is one of those moments captured that will be great no matter how you edit it. French ladies walking their fluffy dogs along the Mediterranean. It's just perfection.
Ok readers....what are your tips, go to guides, actions, etc?! I have to do my Spain pictures some justice!! Tell me your secrets!!!